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Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 7:24pm
anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

8 February 2016 - 7:21pm
I've order the Ultegra 6800 wheels - managed to get them for under £200 with free delivery and free returns

and the Grand Prix 4 seasons at £27

ordered three spare spokes, although I'm intrigued by the emergency spoke replacement - seems like a good idea if a spoke goes on the rear cassette side and you haven' got the tools - also only need to carry one per group of people, not three spokes each, and I don't have to remember tp carry the right the spoke for the wheel

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/fiber-fix-em ... 9a49a10ebc

Has anyone used one on the road side? Do they work? would they work on all wheels? Ambrosia, Ultegra, Mavic?

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

8 February 2016 - 6:35pm
A friend of mine runs a rescue-home for unwanted Aero-presses, in Easton, Bristol. I'm sending it off to him for re-hab. I'm keeping my Bialetti...b

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 6:00pm
axel_knutt wrote:Pete Jack wrote:And it doesn't come with a bracket that fits under a bottle cage so you lose a cage
I've made a bracket to put the bottle and the pump on the same pair of braze-ons.It would be nice if they offered at least an optional bracket that fits under a cage, I found one in a used bike place.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 5:58pm
Pete Jack wrote:And it doesn't come with a bracket that fits under a bottle cage so you lose a cage
I've made a bracket to put the bottle and the pump on the same pair of braze-ons.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 5:56pm
Pete Jack wrote:Looks like the Lezyne wins. I've seen complaints that the Topeak foot bracket is flimsy, it's not actually but I have had the bolt that holds it on fall out and the bracket detach. I ended up putting Locktite Red on it and it hasn't come loose since. I've also had the Topeak quit pumping altogether; the piston ring came adrift - easy to fix but it shouldn't happen. And it doesn't come with a bracket that fits under a bottle cage so you lose a cage (I believe the Lezyne has that issue)

Fine in good weather, but keep your expensive kit in your panniers. The weather is a killer of seals etc. It's so small it goes in my tool bag. I'm not a fan of clutter. That's what my beard is for...b

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 5:54pm
Looks like the Lezyne wins. I've seen complaints that the Topeak foot bracket is flimsy, it's not actually but I have had the bolt that holds it on fall out and the bracket detach. I ended up putting Locktite Red on it and it hasn't come loose since. I've also had the Topeak quit pumping altogether; the piston ring came adrift - easy to fix but it shouldn't happen. And it doesn't come with a bracket that fits under a bottle cage so you lose a cage (I believe the Lezyne has that issue)

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

8 February 2016 - 5:09pm
Mine's genuine, years old and still works AFAIK, but the plastic has crazed. It's OK but I'm not sure it was worth the price. Anything's better than bad coffee, but I think the old filter cones are good enough for me!

Re: Trains in Ireland

8 February 2016 - 5:01pm
Information available here.

It seems that there are rush hour restrictions for services out of Dublin Heuston. Outside of these times there appears to be some typically Irish wiggle room:-

“These routes are restricted to two bicycles per service”

“Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail reserve the right to refuse to carry more than two bicycles if there are only two bike spaces available on a service “

It might be worth a phone call or two before booking but you definitely need to book in advance and on line.

An alternative would be to look at buses. Most will carry bicycles in the luggage compartment subject to space being available and at the discretion of the driver. Boarding the bus at the terminus and travelling at off peak times is the best strategy.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 4:36pm
+1 for being in the Lezyne club. My gauge malfunctioned and I was sent a no quibble replacement. No probs since...b

Re: Trains in Ireland

8 February 2016 - 4:34pm
I think each train actually can take three bikes and you can book on the irish rail website. Make sure to book your train in advance as it is much cheaper.

You would be getting the train to Killarney. From there it's a lovely cycle to kenmare, with a decent climb up molls gap.

Most of the trains going to kilarney change in mallow or cork and the Dublin -Cork train has a mail carriage that can take lots of bikes.

My advice would be to book on as many bikes as you can, travel off peak and you will find a way to get the extra bikes on. They are usually not strict.

Enjoy, it's great cycling down there.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 3:46pm
Lezyne for me as well, much better than the Topeak one. Get can really good pressures.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 3:41pm
I have the Lezyne one too, the HP version. It does an excellent job. Easy peasy to get to 100 psi on my 28c tyres. My main grumps with it are that its a tad too long to fit easily into my Carradice Racktop bag, and the hose can easily unscrew removable valves if you haven't ensured that the valve is tightened up first.

Re: To the bottom tip of Sicily

8 February 2016 - 3:26pm
Cycled from Palermo, east along northern coast & then south down east coast a couple of years ago,in May.
Great ride!
Then put bike on the bus back to Palermo,& did a short section of west coast before returning home.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 3:22pm
I too would recommend Lezyne.
Well made & very effective for compact size.

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

8 February 2016 - 2:08pm
And having thought about it a little more it had occured to me that Eurostar to Paris and then train from Paris to Nevers might be a better option than EBE.

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

8 February 2016 - 2:06pm
Thanks Andy and Tony. The websites look very useful.

Malcolm

Re: Child friendly, car camping and cycling, Northern Europe

8 February 2016 - 2:05pm
I would have recommended the Rhine, also. But since that's taken another to consider is Ostfriesland in Germany. Yuo can take the coastal route (I think it's part of the North Sea Cycle route?), which is mostly on (good) cycle paths and not too hilly for a trailer.

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

8 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Our group cycled Orleans to St Brevin last year. We drove over, left car in a train station car park, and got the train back from St. Nazaire on the last day.

You just have to watch which trains let bikes on at St. Nazaire, we tried to board one that appeared to allow trains and were told to wait for another later in day with dedicated bike carriage.

The ride was fantastic btw.. would recommend it.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

8 February 2016 - 1:35pm
mnichols wrote:I was going to use Continental Grand Prix 4 seasons, although on a recent tour where my friends were on 4 seasons, I had far fewer punctures than them with Grand Prix 4sii

anyone found anything better than the above, and views on whether the 4s is actually better than the 4 seasons

I was on 28mm, they were on 25mm

I've tried various other of the tyres in the GP range (most recently the 4000s, which the tech in the lbs said were the closest compound to 4 seasons), and I think the 4 seasons are more puncture resistant, and also give better traction in adverse conditions, especially wet or frost.

That said, the size makes a difference, too. I've generally had fewer punctures on 28 mm tyres than skinnier ones; even 25s, and I would take 28s, rather then 25s, even for a credit card tour.

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